Come Together

AAA uniquely brings together this disparate discipline within a common fold so that, despite all our differences, we can celebrate and cultivate what we share—our belief in what anthropology does, and in the value of the insights anthropology offers into the human career and the human condition.

A Year of Challenges and Accomplishments

This report marks the close of my term as AAA president. It summarizes the full, end-of-year President’s report, which I hope every member will take a few minutes to read. The long report tells the AAA story for 2017, which was remarkably productive, sometimes frustrating, always demanding, and in the end, immensely gratifying. I use […]

Four Stories, A Lament, and an Affirmation

Alisse Waterston’s Presidential Lecture at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting No doubt these are dark times. What of us, as anthropologists, in these times? How will we pass the time that is given us? I take the opportunity of this talk to reflect on this moment of being in anthropology. Referring back to and in […]

In Praise of Who We Are and What We Do

In an article published twelve years ago, I wrote, “We are at the dawn of a new century that seems to promise as much violence as occurred in the twentieth century.  People are afraid of annihilation and desire protection.  Instead of providing protection, our world leaders are manipulating deeply felt fears, distorting these emotions for other ends.  At this time, I fear to imagine the future.” Little did I know how bad it would get.